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Finalists of First Clap short film contest announced


Theatre-goers in Tamil Nadu are delighted as five short films selected from over 250 entries are being screened during the intermission sessions of the main film in over 150 screens of the state.

Manigandan KR

Several theatre-goers in Tamil Nadu have been in for a pleasant surprise from March 10. For, apart from the main film, they are also getting to watch an additional short film in theatres.

Yes, five short films selected from over 250 entries are being screened during the intermission sessions of the main film in over 150 screens of the state.

These five short films are the finalists of Moviebuff’s First Clap contest.

First Clap, an initiative of Moviebuff, is India’s first theatrically showcased talent hunt for aspiring filmmakers. To enter the contest, filmmakers had to make a short film of three minutes duration on any subject of their choice. Over 250 entries were received.

From these entries, the judges including cinematographer and director PC Sreeram, director Ezhil,  director Vetrimaran, cinematographer Magesh Muthusamy, director Arun Kumar SU, CEO of 2D Entertainment Rajsekar Karpoorasundarapandian, editor KL Praveen, and director Hari Vishwanath, shortlisted five short films namely Think and Ink (directed by Nattu Dev), Ennanga Sir Unnga Sattam (directed by Prabhu Jeyaram), Intha Naal Inniya Naal (directed by Magesh Balasubramaniam), Appa Lock (directed by Pradeep Ranganathan) and Ival Azhagu (directed by Sri Vijay Ganapathy) as finalists.

These five short films are now being screened for a period of five weeks across 150 screens in the Qube Cinema Network from 10 March to 13 April. During this period, the public will be asked to vote to decide the ranks of these top five short films. Each week, the short films will be interchanged across screens. The public can also go to moviebuff.com to watch the short films and vote for them. There is no restriction on the number of votes an individual can cast.

The top three short films will win cash prizes. While the winner will take home a prize money of Rs3 lakh, the first runner-up will get Rs2 lakh and the second runner-up will win a lakh. The winner will get an opportunity to narrate their script to actor Suriya’s  2D Entertainment and an opportunity to intern at 2D Entertainment as well.

The contest has been organised by Moviebuff, which is owned by ace cinematographer, director Jayendra, a close friend of director Maniratnam, and in association with Suriya’s 2D Entertainment and Little Shows Media Pvt Ltd.